Bait trailer: A gritty, grainy class-war drama set in Cornwall
Along with the likes of Andrew Kotting and Joanna Hogg, British director Mark Jenkin has long been cast as an 'experimental' filmmaker not fit for commercial consumption. The release of his new film, Bait, will probably not change many people's minds, given it was shot on a 1970s 16mm wind-up Bolex camera on black and white Kodak film and hand-processed by Jenkins himself. However, his wider point about how the conversation seems to have ended about the form of such a young art form rings true. After only 120 years there is now a standardised approach to how commercial films are presented, with very little experimentation involved. When you watch the trailer for Bait above, you'll see that is definitely not true of Jenkin who continues to push the envelope.
Martin Ward is a cove fisherman, without a boat. His brother Steven has re-purposed their father’s vessel as a tourist tripper, driving a wedge between the brothers. With their childhood home now a get-away for London money, Martin is displaced to the estate above the picturesque harbour. As his struggle to restore the family to their traditional place creates increasing friction with tourists and locals alike, a tragedy at the heart of the family changes his world.
Jenkin also wrote the script, with local comedian Edward Rowe taking the lead role. Also in the cast are Mary Woodvine, Giles King and Simon Shepherd.
Bait opens in select UK cinemas on August 30